Scotland is an exciting place to be right now, and not for the first time we are attracting more attention around the world than our geographic size might ordinarily warrant.
Business is good, but there is always room for improvement; opportunities are plentiful but we can never have too many of them.
One particularly strong source of opportunity here in Scotland is franchising; and you''ve certainly come to the right place to find out more about it. Read more...
Franchisee success stories
Interview with Bryan and Shelia Jones of Card Connection, Carlisle and Lancaster
Bryan Jones and his wife Sheila purchased the Carlisle and Lancaster Card Connection franchise territory in December 2013. The couple now supply Card Connection’s range of more than 1,200 quality greeting cards and accessories to around 120 retail outlets from Lancaster to southern Scotland.
Hugh Dennis presents awards to Belvoir's top performing franchise owners
Mike Campbell of Belvoir Falkirk enjoyed fantastic success at Belvoir Annual Awards 2014, scooping three top titles including ‘Regional Winner - Scotland’, ‘Group Contribution of the Year’ and the coveted top title of Belvoir ‘Franchise Owner of the Year 2014.
If you are running a successful business in Scotland, the time may be right to look to expand it.
Franchising is an excellent method of expanding an already successful business but thatâ€™s not to say that it is right for every business.
In this section we look at the benefits of franchising a business, we help you to identify if your business is franchiseable and we outline
the steps to franchising a business. You can also contact franchise consultants based in Scotland to enquire about franchising your own business.
Developing a business presence in a new Scottish territory can be time consuming and costly so the advantage of taking on an existing franchise,
that is already known in the area and which has current customers and clients, is clear. That is not to say growing any business is easy - far from it - but it is easier to move on and drive a process that is already underway. In this section
we look at the benefits of buying a franchise resale and also provide advice on the steps to take if looking to sell your own franchise business in Scotland.
Scottish legal advice
Franchising is a very complex area of business start-up and business development and so it is imperative that you always seek advice from an experienced and accredited franchise lawyer. In this section we look at the legal practicalities of buying a franchise as well as setting up a franchise business in Scotland. You are also able to contact franchise lawyers with any questions you may have regarding franchise legal issues.
Financing a franchise in Scotland
By Richard Holden, Lloyds Bank
Small business is the lifeblood of the Scottish economy and plays a fundamental role in the countryâ€™s success. Confidence is growing amongst business owners in Scotland according to recent reports that indicate the availability of affordable finance is now considered to be significantly higher than twelve months ago.